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cruciate

[ kroo-shee-it, -eyt ]
/ ˈkru ʃi ɪt, -ˌeɪt /
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adjective
shaped like a cross; cross-shaped.
Botany. having the form of a cross with equal arms, as the flowers of mustard.
Entomology. crossing diagonally when at rest, as the wings of certain insects.
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Origin of cruciate

1675–85; <New Latin cruciātus, equivalent to Latin cruci- (stem of crux) cross + -ātus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM cruciate

cru·ci·ate·ly, adverbpost·cru·ci·ate, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cruciate

cruciate
/ (ˈkruːʃɪɪt, -ˌeɪt) /

adjective
shaped or arranged like a crosscruciate petals
noun
informal
  1. short for cruciate ligament
  2. (as modifier)cruciate problems

Derived forms of cruciate

cruciately, adverb

Word Origin for cruciate

C17: from New Latin cruciātus, from Latin crux cross
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Medical definitions for cruciate

cruciate
[ krōōshē-āt′ ]

adj.
Having the form of a cross, as in certain ligaments of the knee.
Arranged in or forming a cross, as for a bandage.
Overlapping or crossing, as the wings of some insects when at rest.
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